Chances are Mike Sislo won’t be on the Devils’ roster after they cut down to the 23-man limit for Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL deadline.

Still games like the 25-year-old right wing played tonight and the winning goal he scored in the 2-1 preseason win over the Philadelphia Flyers can leave an impression on coaches and management that might come to mind when they need to call up a player during the season due to injury or some other reason.

“I hope so” Sislo said. “That’s what the goal is out here – to try to show them that I’m an NHL player and I can play in this league. That’s what I’m trying to do out here.”

Devils coach Pete DeBoer gave Sislo a positive review after he played 15:01 in
tonight’s game and had two shots on goal including his goal.

“He’s a solid player” DeBoer said. “He definitely looks like he can contribute at this level.”

Sislo’s goal was a timely one for the Devils who grabbed the lead 6:37 into the game on defenseman Marek Zidlicky’s goal and took the first nine shots on goal of the night. The Flyers took control of play territorially in the second period though outshooting the Devils 8-3 and putting them on their heels.

Then Sislo gave them a much-needed spark and a two-goal cushion by finishing a nice passing play with Rod Pelley and Jacob Josefson.

“It was nice to get that first goal” Sislo said. “It definitely helps the confidence a little bit and to get the win obviously was huge too.”

After taking a backhand feed from Pelley between the circles Sislo pulled the puck to his backhand to go around defenseman Andrej Meszaros and while on his knees slid the puck past goaltender Ray Emery’s right pad.

“It was good play a big goal at the right time” DeBoer said. “We had been on our heels in the second period. We talked between the second and third about coming out and trying to get back on the forecheck and grab the momentum back a little bit and his line did that.”

Sislo gave credit to Pelley and Josefson.

“Both of them had a great forecheck got a turnover and both made nice passes to each other and then to me” Sislo said. “They set me up pretty nice. … Pelley made a great play. I don’t think he really saw me. I was just yelling for him to drop back in the area and he did and I was able to get alone with the goalie so it was a great play by both of them.”

It’s been an exciting week for the former University of New Hampshire standout.

On Monday night Sislo got to play in a preseason game at Montreal’s Bell Centre and then followed that up by scoring the winning goal tonight in Philadelphia.

“It’s been a great experience so far” he said. “I’ve had a lot of fun playing and I’m trying to work hard and do my best to stay here as long as I can.”